Patient Comments: Colposcopy - Patient Experience


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Comment from: NP, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

Colposcopies hurt. I've had 2 done, one in my 30s and one now at 65. I would think a doctor should apply a numbing cream of some sort or inform the patient before the appointment day to take some painkiller before arriving. My new gynecologist said it wasn't necessary because it was a quick procedure. The doctor needs to have her own colposcopy done so she would know the experience firsthand. I was mistreated and would never return to that doctor again in the future. No bedside manner at all!

Comment from: LisaB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

My gynecologist took two biopsies during colposcopy. I had no local and it was painless. Not even any discomfort. Don't let all the painful reviews scare you. Everyone has a different experience.

Comment from: kapolei, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I turned up HPV positive several years ago but negative for the high risk factors. I had a colposcopy due to abnormal Pap smear for the first time. It was extremely painful. I cried and felt violated. I would have a valium and a local next time. I had cramping and bleeding for several weeks after. Four biopsies taken were negative but abnormal cells are present, so a diagnosis of dysplasia. I am scheduled for a LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure).

Comment from: Trissygirl36, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I have had quite a few colposcopies and they can be a little uncomfortable and even a little painful. My advice is to relax, breathe in through the nose, and out through your mouth. In my opinion if the doctor is going to distract you by talking to you it’s probably a good thing. I had an endometrial biopsy, 3 cervical biopsies, and a vulvar biopsy 3 days ago. It’s not a picnic but I had myself so worked up over the endometrial biopsy for no reason. We are women and we can do this. Don’t stress, it’s ok.

Comment from: Francine, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I had a 2nd year in a row with an abnormal Pap smear and had a 2nd colposcopy. This one was worse than the first in terms of pain and weird discharge afterwards. I started vitamins for 4 weeks before the procedure. There was basically nothing to the biopsy. First solution they put on, they saw nothing. Still a small area of acetowhite area showed. I took vitamin C, vitamin E, biotin, vitamin B 6, folate, and B 12 cell formula blend, from Amazon. Look up herbs for cervical dysplasia. I believe this helped me.

Comment from: Lala, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

Yes, I had a colposcopy and it hurt some. The worst part is when they used the vinegar and I am still burning pretty bad from it. My procedure was done on the 25th of April and I have to go back on the 16th of May. I don’t understand why I still feel irritation.

Comment from: Painful 44, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

Colposcopy is painful especially during biopsy and I had pain with cramping the rest of the day. I was told to take ibuprofen but it didn’t touch the pain. I’m 44 and I had this done two years ago and I don’t remember this much pain. I had to have a LEEP done last time and I hope the tests come back ok this time because I will not be doing this every two years, I will have a hysterectomy first.

Comment from: Sandy B, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I had a colposcopy yesterday. The procedure took less than 5 minutes. I first had to give urine for a pregnancy test. My doctor looked at my cervix through a type of microscope. She said it looked fine through the naked eye, but had to scrape for 2 cells. She also inserted some type of vinegar and some yellowish type paste for the healing. I experienced very light spotting immediately after and a little yellowish discharge. The worst part was the soreness in my vagina for a few hours.

Comment from: Ambeezy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I had a colposcopy yesterday (7/17/18) through Planned Parenthood. I waited 2 months for my appointment. It was just like a Pap smear only a few minutes longer. The nurse and the nurse practitioner were very nice and explained everything about the procedure to me beforehand so I knew what to expect. The colposcopy was pain free, just uncomfortable. After reading reviews online before my appointment I was terrified not knowing what to expect, but the key is to just relax and treat it like a regular Pap.

Comment from: Boston gal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

Colposcopy is one of the most painful tests I ever had and I've had plenty. I would rather have a hysterectomy than go through that again. And the doctor was chatting away, asking me if I have any pets and what my vacation plans are, while I'm white-knuckling the edges of the gurney. Finally, I told her I needed to try to breathe through the cramping and amazing pain and she should find someone else to talk to.


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Comment from: Lisa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I had my colposcopy procedure done about a week ago. I am still spotting and have an awful smelling discharge. I have tried multiple showers, white cotton panties, loose clothing and nothing is working. I think I will call back and see about getting some medication although I really want to douche and throw some RepHresh up there to balance me out. Just not sure if it is ok or not!

Comment from: kgburnette, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

For the past 5 years I have had abnormal pap smears. It is a pain as I've had to follow up with a colposcopy each time. I have only received a response from one doctor in regards to the results of the colposcopy and that was around 4 years ago; she told me the result turned out that the cysts were just benign. I just had my most recent colposcopy at the end of January. I was told I will receive a call once the results are in no matter what they may be. This is a new gynecologist as we moved last fall. I'm hoping for the best as far as the results go. I can honestly say that this was by far the most painful colposcopy I have ever endured. I was in so much pain and cramping that night that I had to take an extra strength Tylenol just to sleep! The next day was a little better, but I still had some pain. I called the doctor’s office and was told the pain can be like I described but that it would go away; it eventually did. I have never experienced pain like that with any of my previous colposcopies. Hopefully it is not a sign of something bad, trying not to read into it.

Comment from: paredding, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I had a colposcopy last week, started having some smelly discharges and noted some spotting. I was told it should stop after 24 hours but it's been a week.

Comment from: Kyla, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I have never experienced anything like that, even after getting needles, tattoos, a broken bone, etc. The doctor took 4 biopsies, the second one hurt so bad that I started crying on the table. Walking out of the room I nearly fainted. I have been told I need to go back for another colposcopy and I am terrified to the point that I may not go.

Comment from: Lizgee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I underwent colposcopy and biopsy following first ever ASCUS Pap smear as I transitioned through menopause. It was an entirely unnecessary and horrible procedure which led to no conclusive finding. The gynecologist led me to believe I had an HPV infection and that quite possibly my spouse of 28 years may have cheated on me. After my second ASCUS Pap two years later I took estrogen for 3 weeks before paying for a follow up HPV test which showed negative for HPV and a clear pap. Opt for the HPV test first.

Comment from: Barb, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

The colposcopy was fine, it was the loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) that followed that was one of the most painful procedures I have ever had in my life. It took months for me to recover, I ended up leaving my husband for two weeks. My periods after this procedure smelled like burning flesh, it was gross. That was 12 years ago and three days ago I found out I have to have another colposcopy. I am terrified at the thought of having another LEEP. I would rather have a hysterectomy. I'm 50, went through menopause already, done having kids, I don't use it anymore, I don't need it.

Comment from: jess, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

About 5 years ago I had been diagnosed with moderate dysplasia, and had undergone photoablation. After that I made sure to follow up with all of the Gardasil shots, and had never had another abnormal pap smear. I had a pap done in March of 2014, and it came back fine. Now, in November of 2013, I have an abnormal pap, cervical ectropion, and almost no vitamin D in my body, high level of antibodies in my thyroid, and very low white blood cell count. My colposcopy can't be done for another month. I'm nervous.